Preggers part 3. Bodily changes, sex, preventing stretch marks and perineal injury.Nov 29, 2020
An injured perineum? Stretch marks? What issues about sex are you facing? Read this piece that contains tips on pregnancy and perineal health.
I know a bunch of you are seasoned mummies, and/or routinely work with birthing mothers so do reply with YOUR best tips too, I always want to improve these lists!
#1 Stretch marks are a sign of zinc deficiency.
In my world of nutritional medicine, stretch marks are a sign of zinc deficiency.
Additionally, elastin fibres break more easily in dehydration, poor nutrition in vitamin C, good quality amino acids, antioxidants.
As I always say, good skin is an insider job, so the rows and rows of stretch mark creams are not going to reverse or prevent, if there are foundational issues above that have not been addressed.
Having enough zinc (red meat, wheatgerm), Vitamin A (sweet potatoes, carrots, dark greens) and Vitamin E (sunflower seeds, avocados) can do wonders for improving skin elasticity and therefore preventing tiger stripes. If you suspect a deficiency, please get checked out by a practitioner who is Nutrient-aware.
#2 Sex drive during pregnancy RISES
In many situations however this can take a dip, and I would take it as a signal to check for foundational health pieces: Are you getting the sleep you need (This may be 2-3 hours more than your usual pre-pregnancy sleep requirements), the hydration, the nutrition, and of course if you're suffering from musculoskeletal pains from injury, then it certainly will contribute to not feeling like sex much.
Stress, uncertainty, and other changes in the family constellation can throw up all kinds of deep feelings of jealousy, worry, anger, loss, and is a chance to either address it and draw closer to your partner, or disconnect and drift even further apart.
#3 I did not know how much say I had about my own perineum
When I trained, the cut and stitch was the norm. When I birthed my son, I got a stitch even though I didn't exactly need one. But when I birthed my daughter and got a tear and decided to heal naturally from it, MY GOD it was so much less painful, I really question these so-called norms now. Who the heck made them up???
#4 Pre-stretching the perineum
For #2 I didn't any pre-stretching, thinking I would naturally be more stretchy but it turns out I shrunk back into place so I got a bigger tear for my complacency. But I healed naturally and back to my previous shape and size on strict bed rest for 1-week post-birth, and complied with confinement.
For #3, I bought the Epi-no. :)
#5 Too much of the wrong exercise
Overworking the core during pregnancy leads to split abs or diathesis recti, difficult to treat once it occurs. No pushups, planks, crunches, or twists.
#6 No ONE really can be prepared for fourth trimester
Every breastfeeding journey is different, every child will be different. The state of your body in any time in history, will be different.
- A confinement nanny that you vibe with
- Postnatal check ins with a midwife or doula
- A lactation consultant on speed dial
- Sitz bath salts, healing sprays and all the things from Herbalist and doula Johanna Wagner
- Nipple shields for when the chaffing gets too bad
- Coconut oil or Lanolin for any kind of crack or wound.
- Velvety soft reusable cloth pads (because plastic pads are just icky, for us and for the sea animals)
- Reusable cloth breast pads because we will leak.
- The habit and skill of self breast milk expression in the shower to prevent blocked ducts and mastitis way before they happen!
- Your phone - to reach out to anyone, to order anything, to lean on support groups anytime of the night when it gets lonely
- Patience, love, beautiful music, nice essential oil blends and the art of delegating.
- A supportive partner and family who will nag you back to your room when you begin to over-do it.
- A massage lady who will come to your home and massage your breastfeeding shoulder aches away, and often ends up a huge shoulder to cry on.
Still feel like that vibrant life is still beyond your reach?